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Of the World

October 29, 2017

Of the world 72

This new piece evolved from a large charcoal sketch drawn during  a life drawing class to this layered exploration of our interconnectedness with the world. My fascination with our relationship with billions of microbial fellow travelers was a huge influence! Again, I highly recommend the book, I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong.

Doing a more figurative piece is a new stretch for me. I’d welcome some feedback!

For more details on this piece, look here.





Life Drawing

January 26, 2017

This fall in order to try to stretch my creative chops, I took a semester long Life Drawing class. The last time I did this was a hundred years ago in college and it took some time to get used to the messiness and loveliness of working with charcoal again. Each week we had a different model, all shapes and sizes and drew for over 2 hours.


I loved it. I’d leave each class covered in charcoal dust. I do think it was helpful for me to do something away from fabric and get back to looking and drawing again.

I have some ideas brewing on how to integrate elements of these drawings into my next fiber piece…we’ll see.


You Are Here

November 6, 2011

I finally got my camera situation fixed so I can post about the newest piece I’m working on. I decided I wanted to explore more ways to  manipulate and layer dyed silk gauze. I love the subtle shifts in color and value when it’s folded or pleated and the wonderfully organic serendipitous edges that are created when ironing it down.

But I knew doing this on a larger scale was going to take me into Technical Difficulties. Which it has. But I’ve perservered. Here’s the working sketch for this piece:

"You Are Here" working sketch

"You Are Here" working sketch

I first acid dyed yards of silk gauze in gradations of gray and blue gray. I have since overdyed some of the fabric with setacolor to tone some of it down.
Here’s a peek at a detail of the work in progress:

You Are Here-in progress 1

You Are Here-in progress 1

I’ll post more soon about my inspiration behind this design.

NYC art inspiration

July 26, 2010

I spent a whole glorious art day in NYC!
First, Matisse, Picasso, Lee Bontecou and more at MOMA. The Matisse exhibit focuses on just a handful of years in his career and the struggles and changes he went through as an artist during that time. Very interesting to  think of someone like Matisse just as stuck and unhappy with a piece as I get.
After just having finished a jigsaw puzzle of Starry Night,  seeing it again “in the flesh” was amazing-such intense vibrant one hundred year old blues! I really don’t get, though, the thing of standing next to famous art and getting your picture taken. Like next to a celebrity??
Then hours in Chelsea going from gallery to gallery. A few inspiring, quirky finds but mostly bizarrely overpriced ho-hum work. Some I admit I just don’t get…
Then a walk on the High Line-a railway trestle remade into a wildly designed walkway right in Manhattan. And time to sit and sketch.

view from the High Line

view from the High Line

I left exhausted and full to the brim with images and ideas.

Daily sketching

June 23, 2010

I’ve been trying to start each morning with reading a few pages from a terrific book by Danny Gregory (Everyday Matters) called The Creative License and making a daily sketch.

metal garden sculpture made by my amazing daughter-in-law, Bennett

I usually bristle at books like this but Gregory writes with a lovely light  encouraging tone that I have found just what I needed to push me to sketch more. The trick for me was to frame it as keeping a sketch journal-daily quick sketches/collages/whatever that are created by really focusing in on whatever happens to be at hand.

my reading glasses

This helps me break the feeling of frozen incompetance that can hit me when faced with a blank page. Though these sketches will not directly show up in my fiber art, I know this process is doing some deep down magic that loosens up my creative juices. It all springs from the same well…